Thin Layers of Vulnerability

More layers added. More layers needed. Here are some more work in progress images.

Showing work in progress makes usually makes me feel vulnerable. I’d like to reflect on this more and perhaps write about it more at a later date. Regardless, I need to feel more comfortable opening up in this manner. Which is why I am making a conscious effort to show things in an incomplete state.

Moving Sale Update

I have a moving sale update. Just received these pictures from happy customers, Todd & Erin Ziaja. My paintings, Get It While You Can, and Reliable are now theirs, and hanging up in their home in Austin, Texas. I am always very grateful when my work is displayed on the walls of someone’s home. I also appreciate seeing how they’ve chosen to display my work. It feels great.

They look great! Thanks for the pictures, Todd.

In Progress Details

I’m trying to be more comfortable showing work in progress. Here are details of the new series I have been working on. They are far from finished. Still processing the process and experimenting with mixed media materials. I’m not sure how I feel about them yet. That’s how it always is with the creative process. All part of the pugilistic battle between an artist and their work.

Back from Vacation, Back in the Studio

I’m back. I was on vacation in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. My first real vacation in five years. I traveled with my wife Kelli, my stepdaughter Grace, and her friend Bella. We stayed in Hull, a peaceful, friendly small town on the coast. It was much needed. We had a very nice time.

Back home in Chattanooga now, and back in the studio with Remy, my puppy. I’m picking up where I left off on some new paintings while catching up on the January 6th hearings.

I sure hope these hearings have an impact. Beyond preaching to the choir. So far. I’ve been impressed with the linear presentation. I have numerous thoughts about multiple subjects pertaining to the attempted coup of 1/6/2021. At the moment, I don’t want to write those thoughts. Right now, I want to listen and be further enlightened and get back to creative work.

Studio Update: New Concept

I’ve been in the studio for hours at a time, almost every day. Lots of new ideas happening. Writing things down. Sketching. Doodling.

I have also started a new series of work based on a new subject. The old school boombox, and the time period in which they had their heyday. I’m also digging into their impact in my life and cultural significance overall. I don’t have much else to say about it, nor do I know how these will end up looking. That in itself is appropriate and advantageous. It feels like a charge. I’m excited about the ability to experiment and explore and further process my thoughts and further develop my concept.

LIES Street Art Highlights (#7)

I was back at it for the first time since moving to Chattanooga. This time I needed to be sneaky.

The southern edge of Chattanooga city limits are along the border with Georgia. Across the border is the 14th Congressional District, where Marjorie Taylor-Greene is the representative and was up for re-election. She still won, of course, but I had to do my part.

There was no time for another poster. I adapted my poster design and created a new, second design. It’ll likely be a poster at some point.

Studio 2600

Studio 2600 is the name of my art studio, at least for now it is. Sometimes a whim sticks around, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Studio 2600 ends up being the permanent name.

As you can see from these photos, I’m getting settled in. Feeling more comfortable in my new art studio every day.

I’ve already taken the longview. I hope this is my art studio for years, even decades.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga!

I walked around the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus the other day. I was there to fill out my new hire paperwork! I am very much looking forward to being an adjunct professor here next semester.

I’m still a Part-time Assistant Professor of Art at Kennesaw State University. Love it there too. However, full-time faculty positions are scarce and the amount of work adjunct professors receive is capped. Therefore, I had to double-dip in two states to increase my opportunities and income. It all became part of my master plan when Kelli and I moved to Chattanooga last year.

I haven’t been full-time faculty at SCAD since 2018. Yeah, it’s been a minute, but the lemons are finally starting to taste like lemonade.

Go UTC Mocs! Go KSU Owls!

2021-22 KSU Student Work Gallery (#4)

More proud professor moments. The last gallery for this school year.

The 2021-22 school year in complete. Summer break is here. Time to show off the best work from my drawing students at Kennesaw State University. This year I taught Drawing II, all three classes, both semesters. Here are some amazing details from the best work I received this school year. Some of these students made truly incredible drawings. As always, I’m so proud of them when they can combine their hard work and talent into something of excellence.

Project: Self Portrait
Media: scratch board

2021-22 KSU Student Work Gallery (#2)

More proud professor moments.

The 2021-22 school year in complete. Summer break is here. Time to show off the best work from my drawing students at Kennesaw State University. This year I taught Drawing II, all three classes, both semesters. Here are some amazing details from the best work I received this school year. Some of these students made truly incredible drawings. As always, I’m so proud of them when they can combine their hard work and talent into something of excellence.

Project: Symmetrical Fruit & Vegetable Drawing
Media: color pencil


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2021-22 KSU Student Work Gallery (#1)

Proud professor moment.

The 2021-22 school year in complete. Summer break is here. Time to show off the best work from my drawing students at Kennesaw State University. This year I taught Drawing II, all three classes, both semesters. Here are some amazing details from the best work I received this school year. Some of these students made truly incredible drawings. As always, I’m so proud of them when they can combine their hard work and talent into something of excellence.

Project: Achromatic Still Life & Monochromatic Still Life
Media: graphite (charcoal optional), color pencil

Barbara Kruger is the Best

Last year, when I was home for the holidays, I saw the remarkable Barbara Kruger exhibition “Thinking of You, I Mean Me, I Mean You,” at the Art Institute of Chicago. Barbara Kruger is one of my favorite artists, and absolutely one of my biggest artistic influences. I was so happy to see her exhibition, I bought our tickets months in advance. My wife Kelli, stepdaughter Grace and my Mom went to the exhibition with me. They were unfamiliar with her work but loved the exhibition too. All three were blown away. I can’t even describe how much this pleased me.

Surprise, I took a lot of pictures! I’ll share my favorites here in a series of photo galleries coming up next.

Making it My Own

Day by day, I’m making this space my own.

First order of business is to move out of my storage unit and move into the new studio space. While I do this, I’m also meticulously going through everything. I have years of things to go through and selectively purge. Time to take inventory. Time to get rid of the broken and unusable. Time to organize my materials. Time to get a few more things to make this studio even more functional. Then it’s time to create!